Dinesh K Sharma, Editor

The main suspect in the murder of Kabbadi player Sandeep Nangal Ambia has been apprehended by the police.

The main suspect in the murder of Kabbadi player Sandeep Nangal Ambia has been apprehended by the police.

Jalandhar: The Punjab Police have arrested five more people, including two shooters, in connection with the high-profile murder of international kabaddi player Sandeep Singh, alias Sandeep Nangal Ambia, bringing the total number of people arrested to nine, claimed Swapan Sharma, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jalandhar-Rural.

Harwinder Singh alias Fauji of Bulandshahr, UP; Vikas Malhe of Gurgaon, Haryana; Sachin Dhaulia of Alwar, Rajasthan; Manjot Kaur of Sangrur; and Yadwinder Singh of Pilibhit, UP were among those arrested. Seven pistols, five of which are foreign-made, have also been recovered by the police. They were in possession of 30 barrel handguns, two.315 country-made pistols, and three vehicles, including a Mahindra XUV, Toyota Etios, and Hyundai Verna.

Sandeep Singh, alias Sandeep Nangal Ambia, a well-known Kabaddi player, was shot and killed by five unidentified assailants during a Kabaddi competition in Mallian village, Jalandhar, on March 14, 2022.

According to the SSP, Harwinder alias Fauji, who was apprehended in a village near Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, was the main coordinator in this killing, providing logistics support such as sharpshooter weapons, getaway vehicles, safe houses, training in weapon handling, financial support, and organising recce for the crime’s execution. He claimed that another suspect, Vikas Malhe, who was apprehended in Faridabad, was charged with identifying and training the shooters, and that he later accompanied Fauji to carry out the Sandeep target killing. Vikas Malhe also confessed his involvement in two more cases throughout the investigation.

SSP Swapan Sharma said Sachin Dhaulia and Manjot Kaur were detained for harbouring and facilitating safe passage to members of the Kaushal-Daggar gang. Police have located and raided as many as 18 places used as hideouts by members of this group in the previous three weeks, and have nominated several people in this case, he added. According to the SSP, the fifth accused, Yadwinder Singh, a close buddy of Jujhar Singh, was acting as a go-between for the gang members.

Meanwhile, on March 19, the police solved the murder case by apprehending four main conspirators including Fateh Singh, alias Yuvraj, a resident of Sangrur; Kaushal Chaudhary of Naharpur Roopa in Gurugram, Haryana; and Amit Dagar of Maheshpur Palvan village in Maheshpur Palvan village in Maheshpur Palvan village in Maheshpur Palvan village in Maheshpur Palvan village in Haryana. Simranjeet Singh, alias Jujhar Singh, aka Gangster, of Madhopur Pilibhit hamlet in the state of Uttar Pradesh. All four accused persons were arrested on production warrants from separate jails. They are all history-sheeters with over 20 criminal cases against them, chiefly for murder and attempted murder.

Harwinder Singh, nicknamed Fauji, the chief coordinator of the Kaushal-Dagger gang, which operates in Delhi, Haryana, and Western Uttar Pradesh, retired from the 6 Jat Battalion in February this year after 18 years of service. He is a history-sheeter who is charged with at least 21 criminal cases in Western UP and Haryana, including murder, armed dacoity, and extortion. He was a convicted offender in a number of instances filed against him.

During an inquiry, Vikas Malhe, who has nine criminal cases pending against him in Haryana for murder and extortion, admitted to his role in two murder incidents in Punjab that were previously unknown to the police. Unidentified assailants shot and killed Sukhmeet Singh deputy, a transporter, in Jalandhar city in June 2021. It has now been revealed that Vikas, along with others, carried out the murder.

Unidentified assailants shot and killed two people in Bathinda in January 2022, Manpreet Challa and Manpreet Vicki, both accomplices of murdered mobster Kulvir Naruana. Vikas was interrogated and stated that these two crimes were likewise planned and carried out by him in order to avenge the arrest of Fateh Nagri, another Sangrur criminal. Manpreet Challa had allegedly informed the police about the role of Fateh Nagri in Kulvir Naruana murder case.